Not genre at all, but interesting: The Washington Post explores the need for, and implications of, the “momcation.”
File 770 is gathering information to help people vote on the Hugos. This column discusses those eligible for Best Editor, Long Form.
The Centers for Disease Control have issued guidelines for prevention of contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19. These guidelines are similar to many if not most viruses, but it’s reassuring to have it all in one place. My biggest take-away? If you are sick, don’t go in to work.
Chuck Wendig approaches the topic as a convention-guest and attendee, with suggestions for Con-runners. It’s a good column. Be aware that Chuck Wendig is a professional writer so he does mention his own book more than once, and that he has strong political views which he doesn’t mind sharing.
Books and Writing:
The Washington Post sees the COVID 19 as very science-fictional, and shared a list of “outbreak” books. They include zombie books. Do those really count?
There is probably some overlap in SF readers and action-adventure readers, and for those in the second category, Clive Cussler who passed away last week at age 88, will no doubt be missed.
Publishers Weekly shares this week’s best-sellers. In Science Fiction William Gibson heads up the list, but Emily St John Mandel re-appears with her post-epidemic novel Station Eleven. (She has a new book upcoming.)
Movies and TV:
Rachel Leishman of The Mary Sue recommends I Am Not Okay With This, with some caveats.
Ars Technica likes The Invisible Man.
A botanist in Kaua’i Hawaii discovered a plant formerly believed extinct, that had once before been mistakenly identified as a plant that was extinct. Because that’s how the internet works.
And, to finish out this week’s fear-of-contagion theme, here is a DIY recipe for hand sanitizer. I think I will use the witch hazel. I can think of better applications of vodka.